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Chicago Blackhawks Morning Links- What To Expect Without Crawford

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NEWARK, NJ - DECEMBER 23: Corey Crawford
NEWARK, NJ - DECEMBER 23: Corey Crawford /
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Good morning Chicago Blackhawks fans! The bye week is supposed to be a week off for everyone while the players get a week of rest.  This bye week has left us all in a bit of shock with a bunch of questions to be answered. 

So, I have been asked a bunch of times this week what to expect with Corey Crawford out for the rest of the season.  The answer isn’t very easy for one reason and one reason only… Joel Quenneville!

If you have been following the Chicago Blackhawks since Coach Q took over then you know anything you expect, he normally does the total opposite so predicting what Q will do is a real task.

My first guess would be that it will be more of the same with him riding the hot goalie.  He’s played Jeff Glass and Anton Forsberg in back to back situations instead of rotating the goalies. So I really don’t see Q naming a new #1 goalie while Crawford is out.

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Of course, Stan Bowman could trade for a rental goalie before the trade deadline if they aren’t comfortable with their goalie options and they really think they will make a deep run in the playoffs.  They could clear a bunch of salary cap room by placing Crawford on L.T.I.R.  This option really seems unlikely to me because it would cause the Hawks to give up a prospect for a rental in a year they have been incredibly inconsistent with the goalie position being the consistent piece.

I hope Crawford comes back this season, but I was starting to worry before the news broke this week.  Get better soon #50!

Here are some morning links to start your Friday! 

How is Alex DeBrincat adjusting to his first season in the NHL (Blackhawks)

Scotty Bowman disputes the Sun-Times report that Corey Crawford has vertigo symptoms (Madhouse Enforcer)

How could the Chicago Blackhawks replace Corey Crawford (Committed Indians)

Three years of Crawford rumors explained in one post (The Rink)

Why the Crawford situation is very tricky for the Chicago Blackhawks (CSN)

Jeremy Roenick has a message for the Kid Rock complainers (For The Win)

Which new NHL head coach is having the biggest impact this season (FanRag)

What are the keys to the Avalanche playing well on homestand (Mile High Sticking)

How did the Winnipeg Jets become Canada’s best team (Sportsnet)

Next: This Weeks NHL Power Rankings

Crawford for MVP? (Puck Daddy)

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